Andrew Sullivan, Opportunist?
Over at Taki’s Magazine, the top notch paleo commentary zine, Richard Spencer gives the far-too-loved writer Andrew Sullivan a talking to:
Andrew Sullivan is perhaps the most prominent in this regard. Sully has, of course, partaken in multiple “casual encounters” with various political movements in public blog posts over the past decade. At the beginning of the century, he was “warblogging,” spouting off all kinds of nonsense about “Munich” and—in 2001!—demanding that we consider nuking Iraq before it was too late! By the 2006 midterms, he’d switched to bashing the GOP and had gone quasi-antiwar—how conveeenient. And last year, Sully, much like Brüno, fell in love with Ron Paul, for a bit, and then abandoned him to follow Jesus Christ Superstar and launch a new career as a White House shill. Now on The Daily Dish, Sullivan’s quoting from various revolutionary “tweets” from Tehran—this vicarious Iranian liberal nationalism being his most pathetic political infatuation to date. The Twitter Revolution, according to Sully, will be a “game changer,” as a liberal democracy in the heart of the Middle East will set off a domino effect of progressive change that will transform the hearts and minds … Wait, haven’t we heard this before?
Ouch. I also remember Sullivan in 2005 talking about leftists “pretending” to have supported the war against the Taliban. (I would say most liberals have been consistent on Afghanistan. The Chomsky far left types have always been against American intervention and the mainstream liberal Democrats like Hillary Clinton, John Kerry or Barack Obama have always talked about Bush’s “mismanagement” of a just war.) Now that war is no longer cool, Sullivan has switched to being an Obama cheerleader, not viewing Obama as the best in a pool of average political choices but as something akin to the embodiment of God’s will on earth and the reincarnation of Martin Luther King Jr.
Political commentary can be alot of work, especially when you strive to be consistent. If you throw consistency by the wayside, however, I’m sure political commentary is a total blast. Sullivan seems to be having fun. If Obama were to lose re-election or the Republicans were to gain back their power in eight years, I would not be surprised to see Sullivan switch from bleeding heart back to reactionary.